Next Generation Tech: Why lecturers must develop capacity for emerging technologies

By Juliet Umeh

The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has called on Nigerian lecturers to develop students’ capacity for emerging technologies to be able to compete with the developed climes.

Abdullahi who made the call while receiving the Vice Chancellor of Sule Lamido University, Duste, Jigawa State, Prof Lawal Sani Taura, who led the management staff of the Institution to the NITDA Corporate Headquarter to seek for the Agency’s interventions.

He noted that most countries of the world are already preparing for fourth industrial revolution which is to be driven by emerging technologies.
He said: It has become imperative to increase our level of preparedness and develop capacity in the area of emerging technology.”

The NITDA boss said: “We need to look at the educational sector and focus more on skills and research that can be used to develop the economy. People should not see education as the end but means to the end.

“We need to look for ways to disabuse people’s mind on paper qualification and inculcate in them those skills required for the imminent industrial revolution and also focus more on science and technology,” he added.

While citing a scholarly research from Microsoft, Abdullahi noted that by 2030, 800 million jobs would be lost unless people up-skill and re-skill and 149 million new jobs would be created through Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies.

Abdullahi who was fascinated about the progress the school has made to include agriculture, Information and Communication Technology, Innovations and Entrepreneurship in its programmes, said he saw potentials that can facilitate the nation’s drive to digital economy in those courses.

He said: “We are already in partnership with the Jigawa state government on digital transformation and smart initiatives. We can also partner with you to do some research for us on how we can enhance these projects we are doing.”

While noting the place of Jigawa state in its agricultural contribution’s to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of the country, he stated that with the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture, NAVSA, the Agency and University will have a lot to do together.

Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Sule Lamido University, Taura, made case for the Agency to support the institutions with some interventions, saying that the introduction of new programmes in the school is imperative now it is planning to commence on 2020/2021

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